End of an era as fash­ion win­ners have field day

The Australian - - THE NATION - GLYNIS TRAILL-NASH FASH­ION EDI­TOR

Oaks Day is al­ways a day for fi­nals, with the cul­mi­na­tion of Myer’s Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion.

Yes­ter­day it also her­alded the end of an era, be­ing the fi­nal day of Jen­nifer Hawkins’s role as the re­tailer’s am­bas­sador af­ter a 12year run.

“I’m feel­ing re­ally calm, happy,” Hawkins said. “I just want to have some fun,to cel­e­brate with ev­ery­one. And I get to hang out with all the Myer crew and thank them.”

Hawkins has been a steady­ing pres­ence for the depart­ment store as its for­tunes fluc­tu­ated in re­cent years.

The 34-year-old said re­sponses from peo­ple she’d met had been “in­cred­i­bly sweet” since it was an­nounced in Au­gust the part­ner­ship would be com­ing to an end.

“I’ll be in a shop or the post of­fice and peo­ple are like, ‘ Oh, you’re leav­ing Myer, we’ll miss you.’ I get it. You’re in their face when they shop, on bill­boards or TV. It’s been nice to thank them in per­son.”

Hawkins was on hand to an­nounce the na­tional win­ner of Fash­ions on the Field, Carle Rut­ledge, rep­re­sent­ing Queens­land.

The con­struc­tion in­dus­try worker took out the top prize, which in­cluded a new Lexus, with an en­sem­ble that in­cluded a hat she “con­structed” to match her feather-trimmed Rok­sanda dress.

“I’m al­ways busy this time of year try­ing to cre­ate some millinery pieces to match some out­fits,” she said.

“I just need some­thing crafty to get my hands into. It’s a bit of a san­ity break for me from work, and a med­i­ta­tive thing.”

While Rut­ledge has pre­vi­ously en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion, she has “never got fur­ther than the top 10”.

The millinery award went to Vic­to­rian milliner Re­becca Share, who also won in 2011.

Her piece swirled around the head be­fore fin­ish­ing in an ex­plo­sive wire pom­pom over the chest.

“Usu­ally I start with a sketch, but this time I was play­ing with wire and net­ting and it just evolved,” Share said.

“I’m so happy to win it again.”

Aus­tralia’s women’s crick­eters say they’re fi­nally liv­ing and breath­ing their own ag­gres­sive philoso­phies as they go about try­ing to re­stock their tro­phy cabi­net at this month’s World Twenty20 tour­na­ment in the West Indies.

Guilty of re­ly­ing too much on their own tal­ent in re­cent years ac­cord­ing to coach Matthew Mott, the Aus­tralians will take a new ap­proach into the Caribbean tour­na­ment af­ter sur­ren­der­ing the ti­tle to the West Indies two years ago. Widely re­garded as the world’s best women’s team, Aus­tralia en­ter to­mor­row’s opener against Pak­istan with 16 straight wins across all for­mats but with­out ei­ther the one-day World Cup or T20 tro­phy in their hands.

But things have changed since last year’s ODI World Cup semi­fi­nal exit to In­dia, as Aus­tralia aim to claim their fourth World T20 vic­tory in the last five at­tempts.

“A cou­ple of years ago we may have spo­ken about want­ing to play more ag­gres­sive cricket whereas now we’ve ac­tu­ally been do­ing that,” quick bowler Me­gan Schutt said.

“I just think we’re fi­nally liv­ing and breath­ing the words we have been talk­ing about in the me­dia for a long time, we have the depth in our bat­ting line-up to do that.”

Those changes in­clude the dan­ger­ous Alyssa Healy mov­ing to the top of the or­der, where she’s av­er­aged 30.84 at a strike rate of 138.75 since the pro­mo­tion.

She is part­nered by Beth Mooney, while Ash­leigh Gard­ner is strik­ing at above 150.00 this year com­ing in at No 3.

Then the stroke­mak­ing of Meg Lan­ning, El­yse Vil­lani, Ell­yse Perry and Rachael Haynes has the team well equipped to main­tain the run-scor­ing mo­men­tum.

“I think just the play­ers them­selves em­braced the need to be a bit more ad­ven­tur­ous and play a bit more fear­lessly,” Mott said.

“Be­fore we were prob­a­bly re­ly­ing on the fact we had a lot of depth and the most tal­ented team and we weren’t play­ing the brand of cricket the new era de­manded.

“I think world cricket has evolved so if you’re not 100 per cent on you’re very vul­ner­a­ble, par­tic­u­larly in the T20 for­mat.”

Mott has also told his bowlers to arm them­selves with more vari­a­tions with the ball, as the Aussies face a dif­fi­cult path through the group to reach the fi­nal stages.

The Aus­tralians are in a group against one-day world cham­pi­ons In­dia and the ever-dan­ger­ous New Zealand, who have the world’s top-ranked women’s bat­ter in Suzie Bates.

AAP

De­part­ing Myer am­bas­sador Jen­nifer Hawkins, wear­ing Alex Perry and millinery by Ezara J x Cer­rone, yes­ter­day

AARON FRAN­CIS

Fash­ions on the Field win­ner Carle Rut­ledge

DAVID CAIRD

Re­becca Share’s head­piece

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